clip_image001Along with the general availability of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2, you can now learn how to get started with the LightSwitch Beta 2 Training Kit. The Training Kit contains demos and labs to help you learn to use and extend LightSwitch. The introductory materials walk you through the Visual Studio LightSwitch product and shows you how to rapidly build advanced applications.

By following the hands-on labs, you'll build an application to inventory a library of books. The more advanced materials will show you how developers can extend LightSwitch to make components available to the LightSwitch developer. In the advanced demo, you will build a LightSwitch application and then extend it using a custom control in order to sell items through eBay. In the advanced hands-on labs, you will build and package an extension that can be reused by the Visual Studio LightSwitch end user.

You can download the Beta 2 release of the LightSwitch Training Kit.

Training Kit Content

All content has been tested to work with Visual Studio 2010 SP1. The setup scripts for all hands-on labs and demo scripts have also been updated so that the content can easily be used on a machine running Windows 7 SP1.

The Training Kit includes the following content:

LightSwitch Overview

o Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch

o Hands-on-lab: Simple Book Store Application

o Hands-on-lab: Enhancing the Book Store Application

LightSwitch Advanced Features

o Demo: Building Your First LightSwitch Application

o Hands-on-lab: LightSwitch Control Extensions

o Hands-on-lab: LightSwitch Data Source Extensions

About LightSwitch

Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is the simplest way for developers of all skill levels to develop business applications for the desktop and cloud. With LightSwitch, you can build custom applications.Get a head start by using pre-configured screen templates that give your application a familiar look and feel. LightSwitch also provides prewritten code and other reusable components to handle routine application tasks, along with helpful step-by-step guidance. If you need to write custom code, you can use Visual Basic or C#. You can deploy to the desktop, browser, or cloud to share your application.

To learn more please visit the Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwtich developer portal.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation